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Curriculum Intent – Work Related Learning

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“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, which is why we call it the present.” (Elenor Roosevelt)

At REACH school Work Related Learning is the present and this is the gift that keeps on giving. As you cannot put a tag on the wealth of knowledge each student gains from experiencing a day in world of work.

Adulthood is hard and to maintain work/life balance is a real skill, but when you are able to work in a field you truly enjoy the experience of adulthood becomes a lot easier. We give our students the opportunity to get a taste of something they are passionate about whether it is learning how to fix a car, taking care of children, looking after animals, learning about computers or becoming the next successful make-up artist.

I can vouch from personal experience as to the impact that work experience can have as I met what would become my future employer at a career’s fair which I helped organise through the company I was volunteering with.

Through Work Related Learning, REACH enable students to develop their understanding of working life: – the routine of being punctual to their placement, to learning effective communication skills and also learning to be part of a team. This culminates in them leaving with an accredited and recognised qualification in their desired post – 16 options.

“Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs”:

  1. The future can be better than the present
  2. And I have the power to do it.

Planned career activities and taster days are embedded in the curriculum to support post-16 options in order to ensure students are presented with a variety of opportunities to fully understand their chosen pathway and make informed decisions about their future.

The intent of work related learning is to further develop our students’ passion for their desired career path, as REACH school always try to match our student’s post-16 choices to their work placement. Student’s knowledge, behaviour and skills are brought to life through their chosen work experience which leads to them being competent, qualified and ready for the real world.

Physical Education

What is Physical Education (PE)?

Physical education, or PE for short is the study of physical movement, safety and health and well-being. There are a wide range of activities associated with PE including sports, dance and weight training. Physical education helps develop and maintain confidence, well-being and social skills that can be more difficult to achieve through other subjects.

What careers can I do with physical education?

Physical education lends itself to a range of careers in sports and fitness as well as other industries that you may not have considered before. For example, did you know that many nutritionists, physical therapists and chiropractors have a degree in PE? Some careers that you could consider doing with PE include:

  • Sports science
  • PE teacher
  • Physiotherapist
  • Professional sportsperson
  • Sports coach/consultant
  • Sports policy at local and national level
  • Diet and fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer

At REACH students can choose to study Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physical Education.

It equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop their own performance in sport. They develop their understanding of socio-cultural influences on participation in sport, and the benefits of physical activity to health, fitness and well-being.

The course comprises of two components.

Component Assessment Content overview
Component 1: Body Systems, Movement and HealthWritten examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 60% of the qualification

Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology

Topic 2: Movement analysis

Topic 3: Health, fitness and well-being

Topic 4: Use of data

Component 2: Practical Performance NEA: internally marked and externally moderated 40% of the qualification 70 marks (35 marks per activity)

Two physical activities from a set list, containing one team and one individual activity.

Skills during individual and team activities

General performance skills

Each Week students will have one lesson of theory and a two lesson practical.